Candidates urged to stand aside in crowded UK leadersh

Candidates bidding to replace Theresa May as Britain’s prime minister

and the leader of its ruling Conservative Party are vying to separate themselves from the pack

in a crowded leadership race that had, as of Monday, attracted 13 competitors and much criticism.

Leadership battles typically attract a handful of hopefuls but this is the largest in Conservative Party history.

The BBC said on Monday the overcrowded race had led so

me senior members of the Conservative Party, including Housing Minister James Bro

kenshire, to urge fringe candidates to pull out in order to save time and leave the waters less muddied.

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One aim of the literature festival is to improve the cul

ltural appeal of the countryside so as to attract people back, Jia says. The organizers are als

o working to promote communication between the authors and the villagers, and encourage more reading activities.

Rural resident Ren Chunhua, 63, who now works as a narrator at a local history gallery, was list

ening to Ge Fei’s lecture in her gallery neighboring the festival venue and wanted to buy his work and got the write

r’s signature. She thought Ma’s work inspired by village life in the 1950s was well-written and accurately reflected the reality there.

Literature aficionado Cao Liang drove for two hours from Taigu county to attend the lectures. Having coll

ected all of Su’s books and being familiar with many of the guest authors’ works, he is currently writing his own novel.

Villagers took turns to attend the festival, a move which Ren believes will in

vigorate the local cultural environment and raise Jiajiazhuang’s profile.

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The Sino-US trade tensions have had a limited impact

mpact on China’s financial markets and the effects will be “even smaller” in the future, Guo said.

Yi Huiman, chairman of the CSRC, also pledged earlier in May to continuously enhance the quality of listed firms as part of s

upply-side reforms in the financial sector to promote the high-quality development of the real economy.

The National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planner, said on

Tuesday that the country is willing to continue supplying rare-earth metals to world markets but is oppo

sed to those who use products made with such rare earths to “suppress and dampen China’s development”.

It also said that the industries of China and the United States are highly compleme

ntary. Cooperation will benefit both countries while confrontation will only undermine their interests, it said.

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ggested necessary reforms of the WTO be made so as to ove

China expressed concern over an unprecedented “existential crisis” confronting the World Trade Orga

nization and has submitted a proposal on WTO reform, according to the Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday.

The proposal was submitted by China’s delegation to the General Council of the WTO in Geneva on Monday.

According to the documents released on the ministry’s website, China said rising unilateralist and protectionist practices cou

ld lead to an “existential crisis” at the WTO and sabotage multilateralism and the free trade system.

The abuse of using national security as an exception, unilateral mea

sures inconsistent with WTO rules, as well as misuse or abuse of existing trade remedy meas

ures have severely damaged the rules-based, free and open international trade order, it said.

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Hospital head removed after 5 infants dieuthern Medical Uni

Liu Ruilin, Party secretary and president of Shunde Hospital of Southern Medical University, has been re

moved from his positions after five babies died and 14 fell ill during an enterovirus outbreak at the hospital.

The five newborns who died had other underlying diseases, such as pneumonia, before contracti

ng the virus, according to a statement from the Guangdong Health Commission on Saturday.

Thirteen of the sick babies have been discharged from the hospital, wh

ile the other one continues to be treated and is in a stable condition, the commission said.

An investigation determined that the case became serious becaus

e of the combination of the intestinal virus with lax hospital management.

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The Belt and Road Initiative, which originated in C

 China but belongs to the world, has become an open and inclusive platform for international cooperation and a well-recog

nized global public good thanks to the concerted efforts of the parties involved, Xi said.

Calling think tanks significant forces for Belt and Road constructi

on, the president said developing think tank exchanges and cooperation helps deepen mu

tual trust, unite consensus and promote the BRI to achieve high-level development.

He expressed the hope that the think tank network would develop in-depth academic exchanges to promote solid coope

ration under the BRI and contribute to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Also on Wednesday, a ceremony to mark the release of the English and French editions

of a compilation of remarks by Xi on the Belt and Road was held in Beijing by the State Council Information Office.

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China releases report on progress, contributions and pro

China on Monday published a report elaborating on the progress, contributions and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The document, prepared by the office of the leading group for promoting the BRI, was released ahead

of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.

The Belt and Road Initiative is an initiative for peaceful

development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance, said the rep

ort. “It is a process of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a ‘China club’.”

“It neither differentiates between countries by ideology nor plays the zero-sum

game. Countries are welcome to join the initiative if they so will,” according to the report.

The BRI has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and i

tself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community, the report said.

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he monetary policy should “maintain strategic focu

cus”, keeping it prudent while the liquidity should be at a reasonably adequate level, it said.

Financial policies are required to further support small and private companies, and fun

ding through the capital market is supported by the authorities, according to the statement.

The central bank had skipped open market operations for 15 conse

cutive working days until Monday. “Reasonable and adequate liquidity in the banking syste

m” was the main reason for the absence of open market operations, according to a statement from the central bank.

To cut or not to cut the RRR, a strong tool for liquidity adjustm

ent, has become a hot topic since April, not only for investors, but also for policy advisers.

Divergent opinions are spreading among a broader group of market observer

s. The market is trying to get more indications from the monetary authority, although the C

hinese central bank barely sends any hints on possible monetary policy operations before taking action.

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After making a couple of reconciliatory gestures, suc

ch as freezing nuclear and missile tests and demolishing some test sites, Pyongyang want

s something in return. Which is not unreasonable, but so far has not been forthcoming.

Washington should not anticipate Pyongyang denuclearizing in a wholesale, one-off mann

er. After all, its nuclear missile programs are the sole bargaining chip it has in its hands.

Rather than surrender its nuclear arsenal in a wholesale manner, it is in Pyongyang’s best inte

rests to turn its engagement with Washington into an arms control regime between two nuclear states.

It may be that a third Trump-Kim summit happens. But meaningful hea

dway in denuclearization entails more than what the two sides appear ready to offer at the moment.

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In the spin and swing of a vinyl revivalned recorone th

It’s a Sunday afternoon and Yang Haisong seems to be in a chipper mood. Under a blazing sun on a warm day in Beijing he sit

s on the side of a road smoking a cigarette. Yang, a founding member of the Chinese rock band P. K. 14 and its l

ead vocalist, is taking a break from activities in Free Sound, a record store in which he has been talking to fans about th

e band’s seventh studio album, What We Talk About When We Talk About His Name.

Yang hails from Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and it was there that P.K. 14 was formed nearly 22 y

ears ago before going on to become one of the most influential rock bands in China’s indie rock scene.

“I love record stores,” Yang, 46, says. “Of course listening to music

online through streaming services is incredibly conven

ient, but when I hold cassette tapes or vinyls in my hands I feel this connection with the music.”

The band’s latest album, released on Oct 14, 2018, was recorded in Be

rlin, and in addition to being streamed online, it was distributed on record and cassette.

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